Tuesday, 13 December 2016

11 Things I Loved About November

I find inspiration and blog ideas from others, and hope they don't mind too much! I saw at Claire's Comfy Corner, that she had been writing things she loved about each month - big or small. Because I loved this idea, I thought it would be nice to look for 11 things this month as it's the 11th month. Here is my list:

1. I moved to Ipswich
















As you will know from previous posts, I had been living in the Isle of Wight for the last 7 months. The island was a very different way to what I was used to. I wasn't excited to move again, but feel more positive since moving here. I feel there is lots to look forward to.

2. I began volunteering again
I love volunteering and think everyone should do it at least once. You learn about yourself, help others and do something fun for a good cause! This month I started volunteering for a local hospice on the island. I am working to volunteer again.

3. I received more presents from my birthday
The great thing about my birthday being the end of month is it means I can decide when is best to celebrate. Because of Halloween, I sometimes organised things at the start of the month. Because all my friends live far away (insert sad face here), most of my presents were posted. I will discuss them in more detail as I love talking about birthdays and want to write something specific about it (yes, it will be VERY late).

4. I started to gather ideas for gifts I could get people for Christmas
It's hard to remember what I did for November (Christmas shopping-wise), but by the end of November, I usually have my entire shop done. Not this year! It started off well with me buying personalised gifts in September for friends. Then, I kinda waived. That being said, all my friends gifts were sent off by this Saturday. It's just a case of getting my parents and grandparents sorted! I've got little bits for each now.

5. Gilmore Girls started!










I was so excited for Gilmore Girls coming back, and have now watched all the episodes. I thought about reviewing it, but having read another blog that spilled it all, I didn't want to do the same for anyone else. I did write about my excitement and what I hope for the new episodes here. All I will say is, I believe the last four words make sense for the journey that the gilmore women have gone through. I believe it was just how I remembered - funny, quirky and full of characters you can't help but relate to. I won't say anymore. I feel anymore will spill it. For those who haven't seen Gilmore Girls, you can watch all the episodes from series one on Netflix. There are also the new episodes there too!

6. My dogs started to love me more!

















It sounds daft, but I feel more connected to my dogs. They always got excited to see me, but now they expect me to kiss their heads or by their cheeks. It's funny. They love me walking them and generally making much more of a fuss.

7. Watched heaps of films







As you will know from reading my recent post, The film list, I LOVE films. New or old; I love them. I have watched heaps of films this month including: Bride of Chucky, Before Sunrise, Two for the Road, Brighton Rock, Big Lebowski and am sure there is much more!

8. Places visited


















Truth be told, I've not seen that many new places. Far enough, I've moved to Ipswich, but it's been a case of getting used to what is nearby; testing bus routes, walking to see what's close-by and signing up to the doctors. It has been the normal dull stuff. I have enjoyed learning about all the shops that are close by, and happy that I live a 15minute bus journey from the shopping places. I've also seen a bit of a nearby town called Martlesham. I will keep you updated as I learn more on Ipswich and Suffolk. The picture above is one I took just by the shops. I thought the building looked beautiful!

9. Things I've learnt
I feel like I've really reflected on my life this month, and realised I need to stop being as hard on myself. Things happen, and sometimes you can't help it. I've found the last year I've beat myself up for not being as close to friends (when they haven't made the effort), not trying certain things, my weight gain and a lot of things that happen to people. I feel from being less hard on myself and accepting that things will never be 100% perfect, I've felt more relaxed and more motivated to try harder. I reflected on this in my moving post here.

10. The Blog
This month celebrated 4 months of writing for this blog, where I still have a lot to learn. I've done Blogtober, plan to do some of my Blogmas posts starting tomorrow and have even done my first collab post. Including this post, I've written 52 blog posts, set up a Facebook page in the past week (please like) and continue to learn how to promote my posts. Love to hear any tips from those who have been blogging longer!

11. I've made positive steps for a career in fundraising again
I love the blog, but want to be a Fundraiser and make a difference to charities. I feel it is where my heart is, I miss it when I'm not doing it and love that I might not be able to care for people but can make sure I raise funds for the best support a charity may offer. Hope that explains it in the best way. I hope by volunteering and getting into employment, something will come along again!

If you enjoyed the idea of this post, let me know as I will consider doing them for other month ends.

46 comments:

  1. Loved these 11 things and I love the film list - what a great idea x

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    1. Haha glad you liked my geeky list too! X

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  2. Aww you seem like you do so much for charity. I am so keen on giving something back and doing a fundraiser or some volunteering done next year. I would love to see a post on how to go about it!

    Kumbear Xo


    Kumbear Xo

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    1. Not thought about doing that but about to do blogmas for the last 12 days so might do that first x

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  3. November seemed pretty positive for you, I agree with the volunteering aspect too xo

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    1. Yeah it really was :) glad you agree, it has made such a difference to me x

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  4. What a wonderful list of things you enjoyed!! Hope your move went smoothly!! Looks like November was a very nice and positive month for you!

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    1. Aww glad you enjoyed the post 😊Yeah I've been very lucky x

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  5. Glad your move went well and you had a good month. So nice of you to volunteer as well !

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    1. Still settled in and working out my bearings but all good 😊 aww thank you. I've stopped but want to get started with something!

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  6. Congrats on the move and for continuing with your blog for the past four months! x

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    1. I'm impressed with myself. I've tried blogging before and haven't lasted more than 3 posts haha x

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  7. It looks like you had an eventful November - I love the photo of your dog.

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    1. Yeah it's so cute. Always putting things on her. Funny as always looking so grumpy too! X

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  8. Congratulations on the move first of all. Well done on doing so much Christmas shopping, I'm hoping to wrap mine soon and check I have everything.

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    1. Yeah still need to get settled in as don't know where most places are. Don't feel that prepared to be honest but all I have has been wrapped up x

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  9. We've run https://www.easy-fundraising-ideas.com/ for more than 15 years and I can tell you first hand the fundraising industry has changed more in the last few years than I've ever seen before. Good luck with your re entry into the industry.

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    1. Yeah suppose it changes a lot. A lot more regulation, so many more ways to give and encourage supporting good causes x

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  10. I"m so glad you are feeling positive about your move. It sounds like you had a lovely month. Volunteering is so wonderful, I do believe it helps you just as much as those you are helping. It feels great to help others.

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    1. Aww I am thanks 😊 Yeah I'm a firm believer that it is not a selfless act as it helps you so much to build confidence, meet new people and build on new skills x

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  11. I grew up in East Anglia and it's often underrated. Make sure you take a trip to Aldeburgh, it's a great place for a day out.

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    1. Yeah I like what I see so far but so much to see. Not really left Ipswich yet lol x

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  12. Awwww so many positive things to have come out of November for you!! I haven't watched any Gilmore girls and I'm starting to think I'm the only person that doesn't haha!

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    1. Yeah it's been a busy but positive month! Haha a lot have commented that they don't so don't worry. Felt the same with full house to be honest! X

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  13. Wow it's been a busy month, hope you're all settled into your new place now, must be quite a change from the Isle of Wight x

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    1. Yeah it's very different lol and liking it so far but lot to work out x

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  14. Sounds like you had a lovely month. So busy, but lots of fun too.

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    1. I love being busy! 😊 Definitely fun and more positive x

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  15. Congratulations on 4 months of blogging! This sounds like a great month, and it's lovely to get inspiration from other bloggers.

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    1. Yeah I can't believe it's been 4 months x

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  16. I haven't watched the latest Gilmore Girls. I started watching the show when I lived in Singapore but because it wasn't on in the UK I never got to finish the series... I'm doing my catch up on netflix now ;)

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  17. I too get so much from volunteer work and I do 2 days a week at my local mental health hospital

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    1. Wow that's amazing! Always love to hear the amazing things others do x

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  18. Sounds like you had a very busy November! hope you had a great birthday

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    1. Yeah I did, I was very lucky. This year was much more relaxed than usual birthdays have been! X

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  19. Love this post - I love looking back at the month. My birthday is at the end of November too (30th)!

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    1. Mine was 26 October. Just with people going out during Halloween or around then, often did stuff at beginning of November x

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  20. Sounds like you had a great and busy month! Your dog is so cute xo

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    1. Yeah love being busy! I know my best friend if I have food lol x

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  21. I have been to Ipswich maybe once or twice and looked lovely.
    Hope you settled in fine and loved reading these eleven things post

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    1. Me too! Thank you 😊 glad you enjoyed reading! X

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  22. I've been watching and rewatching Gilmore Girls loads since it came out. Such a good show!

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  23. I feel more connected with my dog too over the last month. Don't think I've changed much but he seems to be more of a loyal companion!

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    1. It sounds like a weird one to say really but yeah. Think I've made more of an effort to do stuff with them x

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